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SCUTTLEBUTT 3354 - Thursday, June 2, 2011
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UPDATED AMERICA'S CUP PROGRAM TO BENEFIT TEAMS
San Francisco, CA (June 1, 2011) - With the newest generation of America's
Cup boats exceeding the expectations of event organizers and the teams, the
AC45 wing-sailed catamaran has now been selected by competitors for use in
all America's Cup World Series events.
Using the AC45 in all AC World Series events instead of switching to the
AC72 in season two was one of several changes voted on by America's Cup
competitors on Tuesday. This move also provides teams with another
opportunity to manage competition costs.
The larger AC72 will now appear on the water from July 2012. Teams will work
up their AC72's and race the AC World Series leading into the Louis Vuitton
Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series, and the 34th America's Cup Finals in
San Francisco. The extended time-period for the debut of the AC72 allows
teams more time for development of the boat.
The race format and scoring for the 2011 AC World Series have also been
released. The format will include a combination of Fleet and Match Racing
with winners for each as well as an overall winner that will be determined
on the final Sunday of the regatta. The AC World Series starts August 6,
2011 in Cascais, Portugal.
Other updates agreed by the Competitors today include:
- Teams to launch AC72s starting July 1, 2012 (there is a limited exception
to launch and sail earlier for any proven pre-existing contractual
- Teams have the same limited number of testing days in the AC72s in advance
- The first Performance Bond for the AC World Series is eliminated and
replaced with an Entry Fee ($100,000 USD).
- Updated late entry procedure - Teams can enter late at discretion of the
- Competitors must sign an AC45 purchase contract with a 50 percent
non-refundable deposit paid by June 10.
- Teams will consolidate their websites into www.americascup.com by July 1,
2011. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/43ecrb7
* Scuttlebutt spoke today with America's Cup Race Management to get some
edification on some of these revised items, as follows:
Teams originally could not sail AC72s prior to January 1, 2012; there will
be no update on number of teams entered until after June 10, the date by
which Competitor's now must sign an AC45 purchase agreement with a 50%
non-refundable deposit. Clearly this new item swings both ways. There may be
teams who don't/can't come up with the $$$ for whatever reason which puts
them out, while there may be late entries who pony up and join the show,
particularly now that Teams can enter late at the discretion of the Defender
and a late entry fee is not automatic. It's rumored that there'll be an
announcement regarding final team numbers at a press conference in San
Francisco on June 15. Finally, race format and scoring info for the 2011
World Series events is at
http://www.americascup.com/documents/regatta-notices_33. Stay tuned.
Rod Davis is approaching his 11th America's Cup and has competed in four
Olympic Games (Gold, Silver and two 5th placings). Add in a ton of match
racing, a few Admiral's Cup and other things thrown in, and you have the
seasoned experience that comes from age and awareness. Before Rod 'became' a
Kiwi through marriage, he got his sailing career started in Southern
California. Here he shares some wisdom with CleverPig.org:
* How did you transition from a young aspiring sailor to a world-renowned
RD: I was two years into my Accounting degree, can you picture that? Me an
accountant! Anyway, I decided I wanted to go sailing more than have a "real"
job. So I left University and went to work for North Sails in Long Beach,
California (my dad was not impressed...). I worked for North for ten years.
My big break came from the Congressional Cup. I crewed for a few years, won
a couple as a crew and then decided to try skippering. At my first attempt,
we lost the cup in the last race. It was very disappointing after so much
preparation to get it "right" the first time. The following year we won.
In my time at North Sails Seal Beach (1976-'85) I did three America's Cup
campaigns and two Olympic campaigns. Remember back then you did not get paid
for sailing, only for making sails. So I was always broke. The good thing
was that AC programs were very short, one year or so. Olympic programs were
a weekend deal, with weeklong regattas every so often. That is how you
sailed "professionally" - by sail-making during the week and sailing on the
weekends. Now things are different. But when you are 24 years old you don't
have many expenses, so it worked. My sailing career was a bit backwards of
the norm. I cut my teeth crewing on "big" boats in southern California.
Well, we considered them big back then, 35 to 40-foot boats, mostly for
offshore sailing. I did a little skippering on the side in Snipes and
Lasers. I took to match racing and that transformed me from crew to skipper.
* How does your sailing expertise affect your kids' sailing?
RD: Tough love, I guess. But I believe with kids it is about teaching them
bigger lessons than just sailing - lessons that will help them through all
their lives. If you cut corners for short-term gains or wins, you just cheat
them in the long run. Like I said, it is not about the sailing: when it
comes to teaching, the lessons are much bigger than that.
That is the same way I coach, be it Dean Barker or an Opti sailor; I want to
teach more than just how to win at sailing. We owe it to our students, kids
or fellow sailors to share all the knowledge and make them better - even if
we are not there to advise at that moment.
Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/3f6oajy
GOWRIE GROUP: SUMMER BOATING CHECK LIST
Now that the 2011 boating season has officially commenced - we're providing
this checklist (http://tinyurl.com/summerboatchecklist) to help ensure you
have a safe and enjoyable experience this year. Remember to double-check
that the specified launch date and geographic limits on your insurance
policy align with your 2011 boating plans. You can easily find this
information on the first page of your insurance policy. If you have any
questions, or would like a competitive comparison quote, contact the marine
insurance experts at Gowrie Group: 800.262.8911, firstname.lastname@example.org,
http://www.tinyurl.com/gowriequote (use code: Scuttlebutt).
COLLEGE SAILING WRAPS UP
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association's three national championships,
Women's, Team Race, and Dinghy titles were sailed over the past ten days in
Club Flying Juniors (CFJs), at Cascade Locks, OR. The victorious teams are:
ICSA/Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Champions: Univ. of Rhode Island
ICSA/APS Team Race National Champions: Roger Williams University
GILL/ICSA Dinghy National Championship: Boston College
Here is the report after Day 3 of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National
Cascade Locks, OR (June 1, 2011) - Today was the last day of the Gill/ICSA
Dinghy National Championship. Both A-division and B-division completed 14
races in the event; four races in A-division today and six races in
B-division were sailed on Windward/Leeward courses. In the end it was Boston
College who commanded the lead and won the Henry A. Morse Memorial Trophy.
Teams who were controlling the day and always had a presence in the top of
the fleet were the top six teams most of the day: Boston College, Georgetown
University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Mary's College of
Maryland, College of Charleston and Harvard University. The nearly
all-freshman Stanford University team had some great moments winning race
11B and having a few top five finishes in both fleets.
In A-division Charlie Buckingham '11 with Karen Phillips '11 and Sydney
Bolger '12 for Georgetown, Michael Menninger '11 with Franny Kupersmith '11
and Ben Lezin '13 for St. Mary's and David Thompson '11 with Catherine Pelo
'13 and Hannah Littell '11 for Hobart and William Smith separated themselves
in the scores early on sailing really consistently in the event. A highlight
in B-division was Taylor Canfield '11 with Emily Migliaccio '11, Patrick
Hession '13, Emily Massa '12 and Daniel Bloomstine '11 from Boston College,
who strongly led the division throughout the regatta. -- Full report:
Top 5 of 18
Team, A score - B score, Total
1. Boston College Eagles, 95 - 66, 161
2. Hobart and William Smith Colleges Statesmen, 95 - 93, 188
3. Harvard University Crimson, 115 - 75, 190
4. Georgetown Hoyas, 81 - 122, 203
5. St. Mary's College of Maryland Seahawks, 90 - 120, 210
MARK FOY: THE MAN BEHIND THE NAME ON THE TROPHY
With the Mark Foy Trophy regatta to be sailed at Sonderborg, Denmark from
6-11 June, many followers may wonder at the name behind the trophy to be
contested by 26 teams from seven countries. Mark Foy's deeds are at the
heart of 18ft Skiff Racing and his philosophy is still as valid today as it
was in Australia 120 years ago.
Foy, regarded as "the father of 18 Footer racing", was born in Victoria
(Australia) in February 1865 and moved to Sydney in 1884 where he began
business under the name 'Mark Foy' (which became one of the largest
department stores in Sydney for 100 years). His hobby was sailing but he
soon became disappointed that, despite the beauty and location of Sydney
Harbour, there was practically no public interest in sailing.
He came to the conclusion it was because yachtsmen did not cater for the
public. The courses meant that the fleet was out of sight for more than an
hour and there was no attempt to entertain spectators while the competitors
were out of view. Adding to this was a complicated handicap system which
caused further delay while the winner was being determined.
As an entrepreneur, he was determined to popularize yacht racing and came up
with specific aims to achieve his target. The Foy philosophy is printed
below and it's amazing how similar it is to the popular Extreme Sailing
'package' of today. The Foy method:
- Boats must be more colourful and more easily identified than by a number
- Racing must be exciting and faster
- Wins should be decided on a first-pass-the-post basis
The major problem was producing a faster racer but Foy solved this with the
first of the 18 Footers. He catered for the enthusiast who liked to follow
the racing by introducing coloured emblems on the mainsails, and a
triangular course of about three miles which was in full view of the public
for the entire race. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3emm4a3
BIGGEST, BEST PRIMED FOR NEWPORT REGATTA
Some of the largest, fastest sailboats in the world will compete in the 2011
edition of the Annapolis-to-Newport Race, which begins Friday at noon on the
Chesapeake Bay. Rambler and ICAP Leopard are both 100-foot racing machines
that were built specifically for setting course records in ocean distance
races. Both boats have the capability of breaking the Annapolis-Newport Race
record of 42 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds that was set in 2001 by
Carrera - a Farr 60 owned by Joseph Dockery and skippered by Annapolis
resident Chris Larson.
Also entered in this year's race is the Farr 80 Beau Geste and the Tripp 75
Bella Pita. All the aforementioned maxi yachts are competing in the Atlantic
Ocean Racing Series, which is sponsored by New York Yacht Club, Storm
Trysail Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Annapolis-Newport is among seven qualifying races on either side of the
Atlantic Ocean that comprise the series, which is highlighted by the
Transatlantic Race that begins off Newport on June 3.
"It's great that this new series has prompted these big boats to enter the
Annapolis-to-Newport Race. We hope the skippers and crews enjoy themselves
so much they come back in the future," said Chip Thayer, chairman of the
Annapolis Yacht Club race committee.
Rambler, owned by George David of Connecticut, recently set the course
record for a monohull in the Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600. David, a
New York Yacht Club member, called the custom-designed racer a "a Volvo 70
on steroids." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3hug2gq
* The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for June 1, 2011 have been released. Visit
the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage at http://www.sailing.org/rankings
to view the full Ranking lists. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing
Rankings will be on 29 June 2011 and will include Skandia Sail for Gold in
Great Britain, Kieler-Woche in Germany and the Star Western Hemisphere
Championship in the USA.
* Registration is now open for the J24 East Coast Championship, which will
be held in Annapolis, MD, beginning October 28. Worried about the cost of
housing? We will find a local family to host your team. Concerned that it's
too far to drive? We will find you a good charter boat. Afraid that your
team is not competitive? We will provide you with on the water coaching.
Other concerns? Contact us and we will try to address them. -- Registration
* (May 30, 2011) - EUROSAF has announced plans to bring back the Eurolymp
Sailing Circuit (EUROLYMP) from 2012/3, following the decision of ISAF to
limit the number of Sailing World Cup Events in each Continent to one per
annum, with Europe being granted two for the period 2012-2016. EUROSAF (and
before them, the European Union Sailing Association - EUSA) arranged
EUROLYMP from 1985 to 2004, events, which proved to be very popular with the
sailors. When Europe was allocated five ISAF World Cup Sailing events, the
need for EUROLYMP lessened, so its' circuit was put on hold. -- Full story:
"LOCOMOTION" SWEEPS THE 2011 AROUND CATALINA RACE
Congratulations to Ed Feo and crew on Andrews 45 "Locomotion" who took
advantage of the big breeze this past weekend in Southern California to
sweep the Cabrillo Beach-Dana Point YC "Around Catalina" Race with a first
to finish, first in class and first overall corrected! Fully powered by
Ullman Sails, "Locomotion" finished the 75nm "Around Catalina" race and 3rd
installment of the Ullman Sails Offshore Series in just over 9 hours.
Competitors anticipated gale force winds, but the 13-boat fleet saw only
10-25kts. Feo's team is preparing for the upcoming 2011 Transpac Race in
Invest in your performance. http://www.ullmansails.com.
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
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self-serve tool is the easiest way to communicate to both sailors and
sailing media. These are some of the events listed on the calendar for this
Jun 3 - Annapolis to Newport Race - Annapolis, MD, USA
Jun 3-5 - CYA Womens National Keelboat Championship - Montreal, QC, CAN
Jun 3-5 - Southern Bay Race Week - Hampton, VA, USA
Jun 4-5 - Cal Race Week- Marina del Rey, CA, USA
Jun 4-5 - Senior/Masters Naples Sabot Nationals - Corona del Mar, CA, USA
View all the events at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of recent
* BoaterRated launches a "Virtual Dockside" Review Web Site
* MC-R 35 - a dual purpose cruiser / racer
* Aquila RP 45 - A new Reichel Pugh 45 Foot Performance Sailing Yacht
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
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Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Tim Sladden (Group 1, Rochester YC):
I happen to think ISAF has the classification code mostly right, but much
more important than the code itself is how each class or event chooses to
apply it. Let class associations, yacht clubs and race organizers decide
whether to allow Group 3 sailors in their events. Simple!
Some classes will embrace pros, as their presence usually raises the game
for everyone. Some classes will want to restrict them to keep costs down or
retain a Corinthian tradition. That's OK too. Keep the code simple, minimize
loopholes, and let the decision to allow Group 3 sailors be made locally!
* From John Wade:
Years ago, as a kid of 13, I sailed on an Alden ketch in the
Annapolis-Hampton race. On board was a fulltime paid hand, Arty. Arty cooked
and kept the boat in good shape (at least that was the theory). Arty's real
function was to drink himself blind every day. Arty was probably 50 but
looked like 80. The only thing he could cook was fat back, which was
incredibly delicious. Arty probably knew how to sail, though there was no
real indication of this talent ever being exhibited in any useful way. Arty
would have been classified as a group 3, professional.
I think the sailing community should get rid of all classifications
regarding amateur/professional ability. There's always going to be good
sailors and bad. If a guy can make a living sailing, more power to him. If
the mediocre sailor doesn't feel good being beat by the best, he can go play
golf. To further keep sailing open, no prize money should be paid to anyone,
and no tickets sold, for anything. Then all this discussion goes away.
As a crew I never paid for anything regarding my expenses for racing on the
boat. As a boat owner I always pay for the expenses of my crew. That's what
owners do. And it's not to buy the best crew; it's just fulfilling the
owner's obligation of racing the boat. It's his boat, and he needs a crew.
Crewing may be a privilege, and it may not. It may be a chore. Let's keep it
simple, and if the whiners can't stand the heat, do something else. One
should be able to race anywhere he wants, and not be restricted by his
ability or profession. That goes for his weight, too.
Arty slipped overboard one winter's night and passed to his reward in the
cold waters of the Lafayette River.
"If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually
live longer; it just seems longer." - Clement Freud, British politician
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